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1949 "Rare Leaf" SGC-Graded Collection Including Doby (33 cards)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $6,518
Extremely substantial collection of thirty-three different (out of 49) "Rare Leafs" from this classic set, highlighted by key "Rare Leaf" Hall of Famer Larry Doby, as well as several key non-HOFer stars, each graded and encapsulated by SGC (except six PSA): Five PSA EX 5: #13 Michaels, 20 Sauer RC (SGC EX 60), 63 McCosky, 160 Scheffing, and 161 Stephens. Seven VG/EX 50: #51 Dark RC, 54 Adams, 62 Joost, 123 Fannin, 129 Higbe, 165 Mitchell RC (PSA VG/EX 4), and 168 Cavaretta (PSA VG-EX 4). Seventeen VG 40: #30 Goodman, 33 Lowrey, 45 Keltner, 55 Henrich, 66 Grove, 75 D. DiMaggio, 81 Kurowski, 88 Gustine, 108 Batts, 131 Gordon, 138 Doby RC (HOF), 142 Murtaugh, 144 Dillinger, 146 Reiser, 153 Baker, 158 Brecheen RC, and 163 Hutchinson. Two GOOD 30: #5 Trucks and 19 Wyrostek. Two Authentic: #121 Pesky RC and 133 Holmes. The first color baseball cards of the post-World War II era were produced by Chicago's Leaf Gum Company in 1949. Forty-nine cards in the set are considered "standard," and the additional "short print" series of forty-nine cards in the set are so rare that "Rare Leafs" has long been a formal card-collecting hobby term. Leafs are without question one of the toughest postwar sets to complete because of all the rare cards. This is an extremely attractive group comprised exclusively of short prints, including one Hall of Famer (out of only six "Rare Leaf" Hall of Famers in the set), which could serve as significant additions to a set currently being assembled. Total: 33 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $6,518
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